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Prayer celebration set for Friday to welcome Jasmine Block home

Jasmine Block’s mother, Sarah Block, addresses the crowd at the candlelight vigil held for her daughter as Youth for Christ director Kevin Taylor looks on. Beth Leipholtz / Forum News Service

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A prayer celebration to welcome home Jasmine Block is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Living Waters Church, 1310 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria.

The service will be held in the parking lot of the church.

There is a Facebook event page set up called "Prayer Celebration for Jasmine Block Return."

Pastor Kevin Taylor, the youth pastor with Living Waters Church and Youth for Christ in Alexandria, was with Sarah Block when the mother and daughter were reunited.

"She is overjoyed that her daughter is home," said Taylor. "We are all super excited. Extremely excited."

Taylor said after the reunion that the mother and daughter just want to spend time together and that his hope and wish is that everyone can just leave them alone for the time being.

"If everyone can just respect them and let them be," Taylor said. "Don't call them or anything. Just let them be together as a family."

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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